News from the Boardroom (August 2017)

Board Room 1

Boardroom News

Passenger numbers, as expected, are running lower than 2016 (Scotsman effect) around 51,000 compared to 67,000 for the same period a drop of 21%. These figures do not take account of BTM, Groups, Education, Dining, Real Ale and Charters.

Overall, event numbers have been positive when compared to 2016, although like for like and exact event timing do vary and are weather dependent.

  • Dining with Distinction – 16% increase.
  • Real Ale Trails – 19% increase.
  • Footplate Experiences – 21% increase.
  • Small Engines – 23% decrease
  • Race the Train – 6% increase
  • Summer Diesel Gala – 13% increase
  • second DOWT – 4% increase

Vandal Attack update

Following a bout of vandalism to some of our rolling stock we launched an appeal which so far we have received donations totalling £5,300.

ELR Open Forum


I am pleased to announce we will again be holding our second annual ELR Open Forum. The forum venue this year will be held in the recently refurbished Met Theatre located in Market Street, Bury. The date is Thursday 19 October commencing at 7pm finishing around 9pm approx. The Malt Bar will be open and available next to the theatre up to the start of the meeting.

This year will see a joint presentation between the Chairman and our new General Manager covering:

  • Review of 2017
  • Prospects/Plans for 2018
  • Development Strategy Update
  • Question and Answer Session

All working and non working members of ELRPS are most welcome.

If any Members wish to send in question(s) before the meeting please feel to do so by e mail to:

ELR Board Appointment

Infrastructure Director

We are currently looking to fill this important volunteer ELR Board vacancy.

The maintenance of the heritage railway’s infrastructure is a safety critical function ensuring all operational aspects of running trains is safe at all times.

The Infrastructure Director working with Signalling and Permanent Way managers/supervisors are responsible for this crucial infrastructure. Whilst effective oversight in the role will be key to delivering on the ELR’s business objectives the post holder will be required to maintain a relationship with Chairman, General Manager and those ‘front-line’ colleagues that promotes autonomy and entrustment of authority sufficient to successfully deliver the day-to-day management of the department.

Have you the skill, experience and time to represent and support our front-line P Way and Signalling departments? If you have and would like to know more please contact Mike Kelly, Chair of ELLRCo.

Call 0161 764 6955 or by e mail to


Tickets are now on sale for our fabulous Santa season 2017. Tell all you friends and loved ones and enjoy a unique experience –

















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